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Are you being bugged by flies?

This time of year is delightful for many reasons, but the number of nuisance flies in and around the home can be annoying. Several species of flies enter homes in…

Celebrate National 4-H Week Oct. 4-10

Celebrate the impact 4-H youth are making in their lives and in their communities during National 4-H Week. 4-H is the nation’s largest youth organization. Here in Archuleta County, more…

While trees prepare for winter, we get a great show

It’s officially autumn. Colorfest was a great success and the aspens in the high country are approaching peak color. Fall is my favorite time of year. The nights are cold,…

Now’s the time to plant spring-blooming bulbs

Aspens are starting to show signs of fall color, currants are turning red and the sounds of elk bugling can be heard in the valleys. Autumn is definitely in the…

Managing irrigation for maximum water-use efficiency

Irrigation water management is accomplished by three things: 1) starting the growing season with a full soil profile; 2) maintaining the soil moisture by timely irrigations; and 3) timing irrigations…

Cutting firewood? Learn to do it safely at free workshop

With shorter days and cooler mornings, building that first fire in the woodstove cannot be far behind. For some of us, that means pulling out that chain saw and spending…

Shop locally for the freshest produce

It doesn’t get any better than this. It’s that great time of year when peaches are in from Palisade, corn is fresh from Olathe and homegrown tomatoes, fresh greens and…

Conserving water using current weather data

Efficiently watering fields and landscapes is the most effective method of overall water conservation. How much water to add through irrigation depends on current weather conditions, the type of plants…

Ponderosa pines being chewed by the western pine budworm

Mature ponderosa pine trees are one of the dominant trees both in our forests throughout Archuleta County and in our backyards. This year, the new growth of many ponderosa pines…

Volunteers deserve blue ribbon at county fair

By the first day of the Archuleta County Fair, volunteers had transformed the fairgrounds into a hub of activity. Each member of the volunteer fair board had already put in…